DIY Bow Tie From Grandpa’s Neck Tie

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OK, I know I say this a lot — but I am BEYOND excited to share this tutorial with you guys!

Two years ago, I lost a man who was very special to me — my grandpa. I’ve wanted to do something special with something of my grandpa’s belongings for a while now and just didn’t know what.

This past weekend, I had pictures taken for my grandma of all her great-grandchildren and I thought, what better than to incorporate something about my grandpa into the photos.

My grandpa loved all his great grandchildren but my son Dougie was his “little tiger” as he used to call him. Because of this I also wanted to do something special for my son, too.

I made some adorable little bow ties out of my grandpa’s old neck ties. That way, my son will always have a piece of his grandpa.

My grandma also has some pretty nice pictures coming! 🙂

Want to see how I did it? Keep reading — I am going to show you and it’s actually quite easy!

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  • Old necktie
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Clip or velcro (For this tutorial I used clips)

Start by laying your tie out on a flat surface. Starting from the thick end of the neck tie, fold it into thirds.


Once you have folded it into thirds, you’ll know where you will need to cut your tie.


Now is a good time to thread your needle so it’s ready.

I just used regular black sewing thread.

If your tie unfolded while you were threading your needle, refold it into thirds again. Using your fingers, pinch in the middle of the folded tie.

Just like this.


Tie a knot at the end of your thread and then starting at the bottom of your pinched fabric thread through your needle.


It doesn’t matter how much fabric you go through, just as long as you go through at least one fold.

You basically just want to anchor the thread into the fabric because the next thing you are going to to do is wrap your thread around the pinched up fabric.

Make sure you do this nice and tight.

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Once you have wrapped your thread around a bunch of times, tie it off with a knot.

Cut off another piece from the neck tie, but this time from the skinny end.

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Wrap this piece around the middle of your bow tie. This will cover the thread and make your bow tie look — well, like a bow tie.

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You can either use fabric glue and glue this piece, or you can sew it together on the back side.

You can can cut another piece off the neck tie to go around the neck and then add some velcro to secure it — or you can take the easy route and sew on a clip.

I went with the clip cause I like things to be easy. I just got these clips at the dollar store and just simply sewed them on.


I also was making a bow tie for my nephew and was unsure of his neck size, so I thought the clip was a safer option.

OK… now take a look and see just how adorable these bow ties are!!

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I can’t wait to give my grandma her pics and I am so glad these little bow ties turned out!!

Here is a shot of all her great grandkids!

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Give Your DIY Lovin’ Dad The Perfect Father’s Day Gift

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Father’s Day is going to be here before we know it!!

Mark your calendars – it’s June 18th

This year, get good ol’ Dad something that will fulfill his DIY dreams — I have just the list to get you started.

I can’t say enough good things about the Ryobi products that I own, so I wouldn’t hesitate to buy them as gifts.

Take a look at these Ryobi products that are great for the dad who loves to spend time in the yard or is always looking to tackle a new DIY project around the house.


1.      ONE+ONE 18-Volt 10 in. Cordless Brushless Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw

Ryobi’s first tool to work on 2 batteries at the same time.



Brushless motor provides longer runtime and longer life

Extended miter ranges from 45° left to 50° right to accommodate a wide variety of cuts

Miter stops located at the most common crown molding angles 0o, 15o, 22.5o, 31.6o, and 45o left and right for quick cut settings

Miter detent override provides quick action lever by-passes miter detent index points with one simple motion

Electric brake stops the blade in seconds

2.        40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Attachment Capable String Trimmer


Attachment capable: accepts Ryobi Expand-It attachments and other universal gas attachments to save time, money and space

40V lithium-ion high capacity battery and 90-minute charger included

Premium 0.080-inch twisted dual line

REEL-EASY bump-feed string head for fast and easy reloading

13 to 15-inch adjustable cutting width for longer run time or wider cutting path

3.      18V ONE+ Lithium+ Brushless String Trimmer


Brushless motor for maximum power and run time

Variable speed & 2-speed trigger

Reel easy with speed winder bump feed head for fast reloads

4.      18V ONE+ Brushless Hammer Drill/Driver Kit



Brushless motor for longer runtime and life

750+ in-lbs Torque

2-speed gear box

5.      18V ONE+™ Brushless Belt Sander


Brushless motor for corded performance with cordless convenience

Tool-free, 5-position adjustable pommel handle

So get out there and get Dad something he really wants!!

You can find Ryobi products at your nearest Home Depot!

You can also check out the Ryobi Facebook pages for Canada and the U.S – these pages are great for keeping you in the loop on new products and amazing deals!

If you have any other great gift ideas for Dad, share them in the comments below!!

Pin this image so you’ll have this list when you need it!


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Ava’s Sweet Treats Stand



I hope that everyone had an amazing long weekend!! For those of you who aren’t Canadian like me, we were celebrating Victoria Day yesterday!

I would like to share with you all what we were up to!

In the very small town of Thamesford, where our shop is, there is a parade every year on Victoria Day. We thought we would whip The Stand out to the front and do it up for the parade.


I have fond memories from when I was a child of working at various, “stands”. First, we had the Grandkid’s Stand — a stand that my father had built outside at the front of my grandparent’s house. We used it to sell the vegetables that my grandfather had grown.

There was also the chip wagon that we used to have. It was at a farmer’s market near by and my siblings and I all learned how to work the fryers and the till.

I learned many valuable lessons, skills and I attribute my strong work ethic to working there with my mother, uncle and grandfather.

So imagine my delight, when my daughter was so eager to sell candy, pop and chips at our stand during the parade!

Ava had a great time talking to the customers — she even came up with her own little song she would sing to get the customers enticed to buy.
“Chips, pop and candy kabobs. Come on down and get them”… or something like that lol 🙂
It was so sweet to see her doing this.
My son and niece helped out a bit, too!
Doesn’t this just melt your heart!?

It was such a fabulous way to end a long weekend!

Ava is already asking when we can set up the Sweet Treat’s Stand next!




Old Spool Upgrade


For a while now I have been hoping to get my hands on an old electrical spool.

One of the really nice ones, though. You know the ones that are all wood — not the ones with the cardboard in the middle.

As luck would have it, I just so happened to find one that someone was tossing away. They had put it out by the side of the road with all their junk on spring clean up day.

I almost didn’t believe it when I saw it! How could someone throw out something soooo cool! Oh well, their loss is my gain.

Take a look and see what I did with this baby!

Here it is, as I found it.


Not bad, right? It’s in great shape.

I wiped it down, just to clean off the cob webs and then I gave it a good sanding.


I used my palm sander and some 60 grit sandpaper.

After I sanded it, I wiped off all the dust and stained it with Minwax Penetrating Stain in Cherry finish.


This is my NEW favorite color of stain! I love it!

I gave the stain a couple hours to dry.

There are nuts and bolts on the top and bottom of the spool and I didn’t want to risk it scrapping up my floors, so I attached some small caster wheels I had to the bottom of the spool.




Easy peasy!

This was a quick and easy project and a perfect example of how to beautify someone else’s junk!


I have it all set up in its new home! I just need to get some chairs to set on either side.

I’m gonna keep my eye out for some that I can repurpose!


What do you think?

Let me know by commenting below!

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See you next time!!

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My Fireplace Makeover That Cost Me Next To Nothing


So, I’m pleased to say that we have been making great headway on the house! With every nice weekend we get, we get a ton of stuff done.

There’s just something about nice weather that inspires you to get up off your hiney and get stuff done!

This week, I was able to finally tackle our fireplace — ahhh, that just sounds so wonderful, “our” fireplace.

When we were looking for a home, one thing that I was hoping for but wasn’t an absolute was a fireplace and our home has a great one — that is of course, after I got my hands on it!

Take a look at the beast before…


I mean not the worst thing in the world, but definitely could use a little TLC!

I have always wanted a white fireplace so I got to work painting the brick.


If you have never painted brick before, you’re lucky.

It’s not easy and it really hurts your hand. I suggest using a paint brush that you don’t care if it gets ruined because it helps if you dab the brick to fill in all the little crevices.

So even though my hand felt like it was going to fall off, I just kept painting away.


It was about here that I thought I had done soooo much and then I stepped back to snap a pic and was like… “really??? that’s it??”

I thought that maybe I would just do the top half of the fireplace and finish the rest another day, but once I started I just wanted to see it finished so I kept on truckin’!!


If I never have to paint another set of bricks in my life, I will be ok. LOL


OH! I almost forgot to tell you? Do you know what type of paint I used?

Just a regular old tub of white flat primer paint. Yup. That’s it!


I had the primer left over from when we had to prime the walls back that we painted before we moved out of our rental townhouse. It was one of the stipulations if you chose to paint their walls. So we just bought this big bucket and I barely used any of it, so I thought why not use it here!?

It worked great.

I’m not concerned about the heat from the fireplace since we can’t actually use our fireplace due to insurance reasons… bummer, right? But the insurance cost would be just too high.

For the base of the fireplace I wanted something that would stand out a bit so I used this greeny-grey color.

Again, more left over paint that I just had kickin’ around.

Once all the paint had dried, I couldn’t wait to decorate!!

Lucky for me the weekend that I finished was spring cleaning day in Thamesford!!! You know what that means — free junk by the side of the road fa la la la la la la!!!

(Yes, this day is like Christmas to me)

My mother and I did three full car loads and her SUV is huge! I scored so many cool things! I can’t believe the stuff that people throw away.

I made a gorgeous clock for my mantle — I made it out of an old table top.

Take a look at this!


I painted it with the same paint that I used for the base of the fireplace.


Next I cut out some roman numerals using my Cricut.


To make sure I apply my vinyl straight I use contact paper from Dollar Tree. This is a super easy technique and the contact paper is super cheap!


Place the contact paper over your cut vinyl and then use a flat scrapper to smooth out any air bubbles.


Once you have all the air bubbles removed, pull up the contact paper and your vinyl will be stuck to it.

Lay it on your surface, and then use your scrapper again to smooth out any air bubbles. Peel up the contact paper and your vinyl will remain on your project.


To make sure I had them evenly spaced, I laid them all out before actually sticking the numbers down.

Ok, back to the fireplace because I am sure you all want to see it!!


What do you think?

I’m pretty proud of this baby!


I love that the majority of the decor accents were either found by the side of the road or scored super cheap at a garage sale!

I scored that wicker basket for 75 cents and I added the tiny wreath. I just whipped it up with random artificial stems we had kickin’ around.


These hand crafted wooden blocks I scored for $5 for all three at a garage sale! They are soooo unique, I love them!


This fireplace makeover is the perfect example of how you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a great look! Just work with what you got and keep hunting for great bargains or freebies — ie: junk by the side of the road LOL


If you love my makeover, feel free to share it with your friends!

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If you have any questions, fire away in the comments below!!

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How To Be A Better Mom Even Though You’re Just So Tired

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I was 23 when I became a mother and I was not prepared in any way, shape or form for how my life was about to change. It took its toll on me in a huge way. Five years after my first child, I became a mother again — and was still not prepared. I now had to adjust to life with two children.

When I was on maternity leave with my second child, there was a day that I will never forget and it’s a day that I hope to never relive.

This day ended with me locking myself in the bathroom. Tears streaming down my face and clutching my legs, I tried to compose myself so that I could go on and resume my life like a mother should.

Why was I so upset?

Minutes before I locked myself in the bathroom, I had completely lost it on my husband because he had the nerve to ask me, “What did you do today?”

WHAT DID I DO? Are you kidding me? I unleashed in a fit of rage a long list of things I managed to accomplish in my zombie-like, sleep-deprived state. I could barely look at my husband because I wanted to rip his head off. I resented him for even having the nerve to ask me such a basic question. “What did I do?” I mean, really!

Looking back on this day, that’s a side to myself that I hope to never see again.

Not only did I lose it on my husband, but I also took my anger out on my kids. I was miserable to be around and motherhood was taking its toll on me.

It’s so easy for us mothers to blame anger or lack of patience on being exhausted.

Parenting is hard — really hard — but for the health of your kids, your spouse, and even yourself, you cannot let anger consume you through exhaustion.  

That is the lesson I learned that day. This lesson that brought me to tears and made me snap on my husband for simply asking, “what did you do today?” was one hard lesson.

Looking back I realize that he was actually asking how my day went. He was trying to start a conversation. I was so blinded by my own rage and exhaustion, I couldn’t see that.

So what’s the answer? How can we be great moms even though we are so exhausted? It’s an exhaustion that brings us to tears and has us begging for some sort of relief.

Although I don’t have all the answers, I do have 10 tips that have certainly helped me. These tips might seem simple and so obvious, but as mothers we forget the simple things. We’re busy and life gets hectic, so take a minute for yourself and read through these tips. They might just surprise you.

This one is a struggle, especially for someone like me who loves their sleep.

I have to admit that there are days where I don’t do this, but I can tell you that on the days I do get up before my kids we have a far more productive day.

If you can take care of yourself before you have to meet the needs of your kids, it can really help improve your mood for the day.

Kick start your day with a nice hot shower.

There’s nothing better than feeling refreshed first thing in the morning — and a shower can totally do that for you.

It may be hard to find the time to sneak in a hot shower, but it’s totally worth it to try.

So often, moms fall into this stereotypical “mom uniform.”

It usually consists of some sort of sweats or leggings and a baggy shirt. Make it a point to get up and put on clothes that you would feel comfortable leaving the house in.

If that’s yoga pants and a clean shirt that’s cool, but at least make sure you’re getting out of your PJs.

OK, take that with a grain of salt.

I don’t mean stop cleaning all together, I mean just stop stressing about it. A bit of mess is OK. We have to do a certain amount of living, so to keep our houses looking like something out of a magazine is ridiculous.

Nobody lives like that — well, at least people with kids don’t.

You know what the Snickers commercials say — “You’re not you when you’re hungry.”

This is so true. Don’t forget to eat. Even if it’s just snacking here and there, you’re no good to your kids if you’re hangry.

If your kids are driving you up the wall — and this will happen — get outside.

Go somewhere where there are no walls and let them run free for a bit. It will totally help.

If it’s crappy out, try and take them to an indoor play place. Let them climb the walls there and you can sit down for a few minutes.

Sure, rules are necessary, but there are some rules that you can totally relax on.

We need to throw this idea of perfection out the window. No one is a perfect parent — no one.

And on that note, don’t worry about what other parents are doing and stop comparing yourself to other moms.

While we’re talking about rules, it’s totally OK to say no. 

“No” is such a powerful word and you should use it to liberate yourself. Realize what you can handle and then just say no to all the rest.

Make time to talk to another adult each and every day. 

There is only so much baby talk and singing that we can handle. Make time to have an adult conversation with a spouse or friend.

Let’s not forget that we’re more than just parents.


This is a big one. 

When you’re up in the middle of the night rocking a screaming baby, it’s so easy to say you wish they would just grow up — but remember, there will come a time when you have no baby to cuddle or rock.

By following these 10 tips, I’ve greatly improved myself — not just for me, but for my family as well. I wouldn’t trade the sleepless nights, screaming kids, or even the potty training for anything.

I am proud to be a mother. Cherish the moment and be grateful for it.

Here’s one of my favorite moments.

What’s yours?

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Time For A Table Makeover



Happy Sunday, everyone!! I am so excited to share this table makeover with you! This makeover has quite the little backstory.

So as you know, if you keep up with my blog, we recently bought our first home. In our rental, we had this little breakfast area where our pub height table fit perfectly.


I have wanted to makeover this table for awhile now, but didn’t want to until we bought a house and even knew if we were going to keep it.

When we bought our home, I was elated to find out that there was indeed a spot to put our pub height table! In preparation and anxiously waiting to move, I started making over the chairs.


I wanted a fresh new look for these old worn out chairs, so I painted them with Lazy Linen from Country Chic Paint.



I dismantled the seats so that I could get to all angles of the chair.



I know you have heard me talk about this stuff before, but I am going to show you again because I just love it so much!

I went over the edges of the chairs with Grey Wax — also from Country Chic Paint. This stuff is so easy to use! You might remember seeing me use it on my Makeup Vanity Makeover. 

My mother helped me pick out the new fabric for my chairs and at first I was a little hesitant because I normally don’t like yellow, but there’s just something about this fabric that I love.


Take a look at the finished chairs!


Lovely, right?

Now, I didn’t have time to make over the table before we moved and I am so glad that I didn’t!

Lo and behold, we moved in, I moved the table into the space and it was just way too big!


The table is 40″ x 40″ … just a bit to square and bulky for this slender space. So, I thought for a minute, “What are my options, here?”

Well, I thought I could get rid of the table, sell the chairs and start from scratch with a new table and chairs that fit the space.  I could try and find a junky smaller table to makeover, or I could just live with it just being bulky… not a great option.

Then, genius struck. I love this table AND I LOVE MY NEW CHAIRS… all I need is for this table to be 10″ smaller!

And I was determined to make that happen!

With the help of my hubby and father in law, we took 10 inches right out of the middle. These seemed like a bit of a daunting task, but it was actually quite easy!


We found the middle of the table which was the 20″ mark, and then measure 5″ on each side and ran the table through the table saw at the 5″ marks we made.

Perfect! 10″ take right out of the middle!

The table edge was a little higher than the saw blade, but my father in law finished off the cut with a hand saw.


This is our “new” table sans 10″!


Now we just had to put it back together! I bought these four mending plates.


Pretty easy to do! Just screw them on down the middle of the table.

There’s one thing that’s always great when you work on something with my father in law. First off, I think he has every tool known to man kind, also, he always shares some great and handy tips!

Like this little tool for instance… I am sure for those that dabble in this kind of work, this is a pretty basic tool, but I had no idea something like this existed.


Basically, before you are going to screw in your screw, you mark your hole with this thing. My father in law had a name for it and for the life of me, I can’t remember what he said.

Anyway, you put the plate down, put this poker thing in the hole and give it a couple taps with a hammer.


It pretty much starts the hole for the screw and to ease the screw going in. It also helps to prevent slipping.

A great little tool and another handy tip from my father in law!

So we plated the table back together.


When we flipped it back over, the table was a little wobbly so we added two more plates to the sides.


This added more stability to where the cut is.

I did a bit of sanding on the top of the table, because we have had it for sometime and it needed a bit of a buff.


Painted the top of the table with the same Lazy Linen from Country Chic Paint.


I did something a little different here, though. Because I wanted the top to still look like wood, I didn’t do a “full” coat. I left a bit of the wood exposed underneath the paint.

Then I went completely over the paint with the grey wax.


Pretty cool, eh?

Want to see the finished product!?


Let’s take a close up look


I’m still not done putting my whole kitchen look together, but as soon as it is, you’ll all be the first to see!


Let me know what you think about this table makeover by commenting below!

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Til’ next time!!

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